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From the Personal Representative

posted Jan 3, 2020, 2:07 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated Jan 3, 2020, 2:14 PM ]

Happy New Years to all and welcome to 2020!

     Well, another year has ended, a new corps of officers is about to be installed, and it is time to look ahead to another wonderful year in the Valley of San Jose.

     There were many highlights this past year and we ended strong. This past year, we were able to honor and give recognition to some of our members for their outstanding support of our valley. Brothers. Jack Harris and Randy Downey were coroneted a 33 Degree Inspector General Honorary and Brothers Toone, Duenas, Harbick and Rosenberg were elevated to the rank of Knight Commander Court of Honor. It was my honor to nominate them and they honor our Valley. Congrats to all.

     We also saw the addition of 18 new members through two Reunions. Last Spring, we had a class of 7 (named the Leo B. Mark Class in his honor) who witnessed the 4th through the 18th degrees. And then, in November, those same 7 came back to witness the rest of the degrees along with 11 other new candidates (named the Royce Ford Class in his honor). The degrees were conferred in an exemplary manner and Ill Dan Doornbos once again, communicated those degrees which were not actually conferred. Thanks, Dan. We are pleased to have these 18 new members onboard, and we are even happier to have been able to honor two outstanding men who have contributed so much to our Valley.

      Administratively and personally, I want to recognize the two individuals who worked tirelessly to ensure our Valley runs smooth. Bro. Gregg Hall, our General Secretary has done an outstanding job in modernizing the office (and although we are a fraternity), has brought a business background to the office that has made us more efficient as well as more cost effective. And Angela Athans, our angel without wings, continues to bring a brightness to our Valley and a sense of fraternal pride to the outside community. Her efforts in ensuring all individuals or groups that rent our facility, fully understand just what Scottish Rite Masonry brings to a community. Her personal touch and warmth earn her many accolades from all who deal with her. I personally, and we as a Valley could not get along without these two members of our family.

      Financially, we had another outstanding year. Both our Bodies and Foundation budgets ended in the black. For our Foundation, we saw a higher than budgeted rental income of nearly $100K. It makes the day to day operations flow smoothly when we have the proper funds to operate. Our new budgets for 2020 have been created and I feel comfortable in our plan. I am anxious to see what we can accomplish next.      

       As I stated earlier, our Installation is just around the corner. We made a decision after our last year’s Installation, to move the date of the Installation from the last Tuesday of the month, up to our regular Stated Meeting night on the 2nd Tuesday (this year, Tuesday, Jan. 14th) and I congratulate all the officers who will be installed. Please attend and help support those who have taken on a leadership role in the Valley. It is our annual celebration of the new corps of officers and the time to celebrate the New Year. I want to also thank our outgoing Masters, who did a marvelous job in 2019. Many thanks go to Brothers Randy Downey, Karem Kapkin, Naresh Ramparshad and Richard Rosenberg as well as our Chief Knight, Jeff Toone. All of your efforts were greatly appreciated and our successes are your successes.

       For 2020, many of our programs and events will continue. As we did this past year, we will again hold our Annual Grand Master recognition “Festive Board” where we will honor our Grand Master, MW John Trauner, and his Lady Dana. This is always a great event and we look forward to this year’s celebration. Other events to look forward to, are our two “Nights of Instruction” banquets chaired by Bro. Chuck Cowden. Bro. Chuck will also chair our Military Recognition Night, which has become an annual and very enjoyable event. Bro. Richard Fisher is again chairing our Scholarship Committee, as we will honor another graduating senior on their way to college. We will continue some traditional events like our Maundy Thursday Celebration, Sweethearts Night, as well as 25 - year and 50 - year membership celebrations. We will again attend the Highland Games in Pleasanton. What an exciting day! But besides our traditional events, we are looking for many new ideas to come from you as well.  

        Our Foundation is still very strong, but we can always use a new contribution here or there to continue our work. Unfortunately, in our clinic, we lost two of our clinicians, but Rachel continues to do amazing things with our kids, and I am very proud of what is being accomplished by her. She is working feverishly to find additional competent individuals to hire that can fill our open positions. Thanks, Rachel for your dedication. For the past couple of years, we have also made sizable contributions to the Grand Master’s project, Raising a Reader, Masons 4 Mitts, recognition of our DeMolay leadership at their Annual Conclave, and our Scholarship program. We were also pleased to be able to make our final installment contribution to the Supreme Council’s House of the Temple, refurbishment project. In total, over the last six years, we were able to contribute the $150,000 we pledged to the project.

    I said just a few lines earlier that we can always use a few more contributions to aid us doing the good work we wish to accomplish. This past year, we set a 3 year “Building Fund Campaign” in motion to raise funds ($250,000) to help us modernize the building which would in turn allow us to raise more funds through our rental program. Although we can currently handle up to about 65 kids a year in our language clinic, we still unfortunately have more than 100 kids on the waiting list. The list is so long, that realistically, many of them will never get the treatment they deserve. We would like to do more, but we need more funds to make it happen. I asked each of you to step up and be a part of this campaign. I am pleased to report that to date, from approx. 50 of our members and one sizable bequest, we have raised nearly $200,000 towards our goal. But I am a little disappointed that we have not been able to convince more of you how important our work is. Although 50 some of our members have stepped up, that is only 8% of our membership. There are many more of you that we have not heard from, and I hope that you will come onboard and help us reach our goal. There are 6 different levels of giving to choose from (we ask only, “Each to his own ability).

      With this past year’s contributions many facets of the building have been upgraded. First, we completely refurbished the downstairs event room which can handle an event of about 150 people and which we can now rent for almost triple what we could charge prior to its facelift. Secondly, we created a professional style Conference Room which can handle up to 40 – 45 individuals and which we plan to market to local businesses (new dollars we haven’t seen in the past). Next, we created a new “Member Center”, which by itself won’t garner funds, but one which we hope will be used by our members to better enjoy what Scottish Rite Masonry has to offer. And within the last few weeks, we floor throughout the building, disposing of the carpet and installing a more useful vinyl floor. It has made the building seem brighter, more open and much cleaner. This new floor, along with all new drapes throughout the building (our next project) will allow us to raise our rental rates to what the outside market rates indicate we should and can charge. Come see the new building.

       So please consider giving a hand. Your generosity will help many children who desperately need our assistance. It is easy to do and feels good making a difference.

First, choose a level of giving that is comfortable for you and your family.

Second, you will be asked to make a pledge of a dollar amount within that level of giving.

Third, you will have the choice to make either a one-time donation or choose to make recurring contributions over the next 1 or 2 years (you can divide the payments up for ease of your own budgets).

And finally, you can choose to pay by check or to pay by credit card as you so choose.

 

      As in past years, I want to close this article with some thoughts on how we can best serve you. We only know we are doing ok, if we hear from you. Please give me your thoughts about where you see our Valley is heading, or what you would like to see done, regarding our Valley? What would excite you to return to an active role? Our Valley is here to support you, but I need to know your thoughts and desires. Please contact me when you think we are failing, but most importantly communicate. You are a valued member and we value your input. Please make sure you stop by the office and thank Gregg and Angela for all their efforts. They are invaluable to me, and they make my job very easy. I want to also thank Ill Bud Ramsey for assisting me as our Assistant to the PR. His support is also invaluable. 

       I look forward to seeing each of you over this coming year. Come on out and help make a difference! Happy New Year to all!

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Stated Meeting Dinner - January 14, 2020

posted Jan 3, 2020, 2:04 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

Stated Meeting Menu

Tuesday

January 14, 2020

 

(Vegetarian Entrée by REQUEST ONLY,
by January 10th )

Call the Office NOW at 408-978-7483 & make your reservations!

Appetizers
Old Fashion Braised Chuck Roast
Mashed Potatoes with Gravy
Roasted Carrots
Caesar Salad
Rolls

 

Stated Meeting Dinner - December 10, 2019

posted Dec 1, 2019, 11:21 AM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated Jan 3, 2020, 2:15 PM ]

Stated Meeting Menu

Tuesday

December 10, 2019

 

(Vegetarian Entrée by REQUEST ONLY,
by Dec 6th )

Call the Office NOW at 408-978-7483 & make your reservations!

TBD

 

Fall Reunion - November 22-24, 2019

posted Nov 2, 2019, 2:10 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

Reunion - Royce Ford Class

 Reunion Schedule

Friday, November 22nd

5:30 – 6:00 pm          Registration
6:00 – 6:30 pm          Open Lodge of Perfection & Class Orientation
6:30 – 7:15 pm          Dinner (Lodge of Perfection to host)
7:15 – 8:05 pm          Confer 4
th Degree
8:05 – 8:15 pm          Break
8:15 – 9:45 pm          Communicate 5
th thru 10th Degrees
9:45 pm                     Close LOP/Class Dismissed (Badges to Tiler)

Saturday, November 23rd

9:00 – 9:45 am Communicate 11th thru 13th Degrees
9:45 – 10:00 Break
10:00 – 10:45 am Confer 14
th Degree & Close LOP
10:45 – 11:30 am Open Chapter Rose Croix & Communicate 15
th - 17th Degrees
11:30 – 12:15 pm Lunch (Chapter Rose Croix to host)
12:15 – 1:30 pm Confer 18
th Degree & Close Chapter
1:30 – 2:30 pm Open Council of Kadosh & Communicate 19
th thru 22nd Degrees
2:30 – 2:40 pm Break
2:40 – 3:40 pm Communicate 23
rd thru 26 th Degrees
3:40 – 3:50 pm Break
3:50 – 4:35 pm Communicate 27
th thru 29 th Degrees
4:35 – 4:45 pm Break
4:45 – 5:30 pm Confer 30
th Degree & Close Council
5:30 pm Class Dismissed (Badges to Tiler)

Sunday, November 24th

9:30 – 10:00 am Open Consistory & Communicate 31 st Degree
10:00 - 11:30 pm Confer 32nd Degree & Close Consistory
11:30 – 11:45 am Class Photo
11:45 – 12:15 pm Social with Families
12:15 – 1:30 pm Banquet Lunch and Capping Ceremony

 

From the Personal Representative

posted Nov 2, 2019, 2:07 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

Rebuilding the Temple Program

 When we started the building campaign earlier in the year, it was designed to bring in dollars that would eventually lead to fostering even larger funds to help treat the kids in our clinic. Although our clinicians are doing amazing work for the children they treat, we have another 95 kids on the wait list that may very well never get the treatment they deserve. To be able to bring in another 1 or 2 clinicians to take on a bigger load, and bring the waitlist down, we need the requisite dollars to pay them. We can only accomplish this by creating a more attractive building that will help bring in larger dollars through our rental program. We have a dozen or so projects that will do just that, but again, we need additional dollars to accomplish the projects.

A few months ago we refurbished the downstairs meeting room with new paint, a new easy-to-clean floor, all new LED lighting, new plugs and switches, and new window coverings. Originally, we could only rent the space for around $500 a day. Today, we get $1,500 a day, and the space has already been rented a couple dozen times. Also earlier in the year, we upgraded our sound system and speakers, which our customers tell us makes their events that much more pleasant to hold. Again, we are able to raise additional dollars through renting our audio system for music events and presentations during conferences. As this article is being written, we are in the last days of converting our old print and photo shop that was downstairs into a high end executive conference room, which the market tells us we will be able to rent for a $1,000 a day. There are other projects on the drawing board, and as we complete one project, we commence the next. We estimate, to complete all the projects we envision, it will take approx. 2 years or so at a total cost of approx. $250,000. It is a lot of money up front, but over the long term, will yield significant funds that will only enhance our clinic’s potential.

That’s the why. Now, an update to the how. As you are all aware, we started the campaign at the beginning of the year. It was envisioned as a 2 – 3 year campaign where we have asked each of you to assist by either contributing a one-time gift or a pledge donation where you can contribute in smaller payments over a period of months as you choose. We are about 20% of the way through the estimated time to complete the campaign and we are very pleased and thankful that we have surpassed the 20% mark in funds raised which have been either directly donated in cash or with pledges which are expected to come in over the next many months.

To date, we have received $37,871 in direct donations, and another $16,938 in long term pledges. This brings our total to $54,809 or just over 21% towards our goal of $250,000. These donations have come from 49 different donors. With a membership of 622 members, this equates to just under 8% participation.  There is still plenty of time in our campaign to contribute, and we hope each of you see the need and the benefit in what we are asking. You don’t have to make a large donation to make a difference. Every dollar is precious and will go a long way in accomplishing our goal. We ask only that you consider where we are headed as Scottish Rite Masons, and that you remember, “Each to his own ability”. Give as you can, but please participate at some level. Think of the funds we could raise if every member contributed just a little. A large donation, or small, it doesn’t matter. But please be a part of the solution.

I want to thank each of you who have so generously contributed thus far. As well, I want to thank in advance, each of you who makes a decision to come onboard and help us reach our ultimate goal. Our Valley is accomplishing amazing things. But, it is only because of you, our members, that we are so successful. You truly make the difference.


Stated Meeting Dinner - November 12, 2019

posted Nov 2, 2019, 2:05 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

Stated Meeting Menu

Tuesday

November 12, 2019

 

(Vegetarian Entrée by REQUEST ONLY,
by Nov 8th )

Call the Office NOW at 408-978-7483 & make your reservations!

Assorted Appetizers
Smoked Turkey Breast
Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans
Mixed Green Salad
Rolls

Pumpkin Pie

 

Night of Instruction & Festive Agape - December 3, 2019

posted Nov 2, 2019, 2:03 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

The Personal Representative

and

 The Venerable Master

of the

Valley of San Jose

Invite all

Scottish Rite Freemasons and other Brother Masons to

 

A Night of Scottish Rite Instruction and Festive Agape

 

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

at

The Scottish Rite Center

2455 Masonic Drive

San Jose, California

    Brother Christopher Willingham, 32 Degree

Valley of San Jose

Will Favor Us with an Informative Talk on a Relevant

Masonic Topic: “PURPOSE AND BECOMING”

Schedule of Events

6:30PM – 7:00 PM – Social Time

         7:00PM – 7:30PM – Talk by Brother Willingham

                       7:30PM – Festive Agape/Dinner

                                                   Cost $25.00           

 

Requested dress is white tie & tails, tux or dark suit & tie with SR Cap

Reservations are required

Please call the SJ Scottish Rite @ 408-978-7483 to make your reservations

Reservations not canceled before November 28, 2019 must be honored

 

Stated Meeting Dinner - October 8, 2019

posted Oct 1, 2019, 1:58 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

Stated Meeting Menu

Tuesday

October 8, 2019

 

(Vegetarian Entrée by REQUEST ONLY,
by Oct 4th )

Call the Office NOW at 408-978-7483 & make your reservations!

Assorted Appetizers
October Fest Feast

Dessert

 

SCOTTISH RITE MILITARY RECOGNITION NIGHT November 12, 2019

posted Oct 1, 2019, 1:57 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

Join with us for this special, patriotic Stated Meeting Dinner to recognize the service and sacrifices made by our military to help assure our freedom.

During the evening we will honor two members of our military who have made important contributions to their respective services and to the Senior and Junior Reserve Officers Training (ROTC) programs in our Scottish Rite Valley. Further, all past and present military members will be recognized by branch of service.

Wear your uniform or proudly display your awards and decorations of achievement. Come out and meet our honored guests.

 

Scottish Rite Polo Shirts

posted Sep 6, 2019, 1:05 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

You can get your very own San Jose Scottish Rite Polo Shirt.  These are high quality shirts.  They are of a poly wicking material so they will not fade or shrink.  They are available in either Black or White.

Cost is $35 per shirt.  Please contact the Secretary to place your order.  I have a limited supply of XL

 

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